President Trump reinstates 'Mexico City Policy' on abortion

U.S. President Donald J. Trump held up his executive order reinstating the "Mexico City Policy" banning federal funding of abortion-providing groups abroad after he signed it Jan. 23 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald J. Trump issued an executive memorandum Jan. 23 reinstating the "Mexico City Policy," which bans all foreign nongovernmental organizations receiving U.S. funds from performing or promoting abortion as a method of family planning in other countries.

The action was hailed by pro-life leaders.

U.S. abortion rate at its lowest since 1973 Supreme Court ruling

WASHINGTON — The U.S. abortion rate is down to its lowest level since the Supreme Court made abortion legal virtually on demand in 1973, and the rate is half of its early-1980s peak.

According to a study issued Jan. 17 by the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate for U.S. women ages 15-44 is 14.6 per 1,000 in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available. The figure represents a 14 percent decline from the 2011 numbers, and less than half of the 1981 rate of 29.4 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age.

City aldermen host discussion on reproductive health Board Bill 203


Faith and religious liberty were front and center in the public square at a hearing in St. Louis City on a proposed ordinance relating to abortion and reproductive health decisions.

Members of the city’s Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee heard comments from the public Jan. 18 on Board Bill 203, which would amend the city’s anti-discrimination law, adding pregnancy and reproductive health decisions as protected classes. The bill is sponsored by Alderwoman Megan-Ellyia Green (D-15th Ward).

Archdiocese opposes proposed city ordinance affecting reproductive health decisions

A bill introduced in St. Louis would amend the city's anti-discrimination law and add pregnancy and reproductive health decisions, including abortion, as protected classes. The bill, sponsored by Alderwoman Megan E. Green (D-15th Ward), has been referred to the city's Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee. A separate bill, not yet introduced, would recommend a buffer zone around the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Avenue, where coalition for Life intern James Germain approached to offer abortion alternative pamphlets to cars arriving and leaving Planned Parenthood Jan. 10.

A proposed city ordinance seeks to make the City of St. Louis a "sanctuary for abortion," said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, who called the measure an attack on the "most deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of this great city."

Ohio governor signs 20-week abortion ban, vetoes ‘heartbeat’ measure

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that bans abortion in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but also vetoed a bill that would have made abortion illegal when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually at about the sixth week of pregnancy.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or SB 127, becomes law 90 days after the Dec. 13 signing. It is the 18th anti-abortion measure Kasich has signed since 2011.

GUEST COLUMN | Abortion is not a solution to overburdened foster care system

Recently, some influential voices have raised concern about the relationship between increased abortion restrictions and the number of children in foster care. Some of the arguments I've heard come down to this: "We should oppose, or at least fear, any further restrictions on abortion rights, because such restrictions will result in more children being placed in foster care." In our country, the foster care and adoption system is burdened and in need of investment, but increased reliance on abortion is not the answer.

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